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  • ‘Baby Tory’: Logan Regional Uses Lifelike Gaumard Infant Simulator to Train for Unique Situations – “Whenever anyone works with Tory, we let them know beforehand that for as long as they’re working with her, she’s real and she’s alive,” registered nurse Kim Hillyard said. “Tory is such a high-fidelity simulation that it’s very easy to feel that this is a real situation, because she’s that lifelike.” According to Logan Regional Hospital RN Coordinator Elizabeth Anderson, only about 1 percent of the approximately 2,600 babies delivered at Logan Regional Hospital each year will need extensive neonatal resuscitation after their arrival. As such, it is uncommon for the nurses of the hospital’s Special Care Nursery to encounter situations in which babies will need complex procedures immediately after their birth. Baby Tory can be programmed to show the same symptoms real infants may encounter in these situations, from abnormal heart rhythms and collapsed lungs to spiking blood pressures and seizures.
  • C-STARS Sets New DoD Training Standard with New Simulator From Air Force News – Athena’s “highly advanced lungs automatically respond to medical ventilation,” said Karen Johnson, the C-STARS simulation coordinator. “Mechanical ventilation is a big part of our training program here at C-STARS St. Louis. We train our students to utilize a ventilator for cases they may encounter when deployed downrange.” Those cases are often explosive injuries seen during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, wars that presented their own array of medical challenges. The challenges resulted in advanced simulation training that better prepared deployers to respond to significant trauma. The C-STARS providers and nurses behind the training are credentialed and have previously cared for patients injured during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.The experience of the cadre, coupled with the addition of Athena, help make the program one of the most advanced offered to military personnel. The supplier of Athena, Canadian Aviation Electronics, said St. Louis C-STARS was the first DOD site in the world to receive this simulation model and the first in the world to receive CAE’s formal training on Athena. When Johnson recognized the potential of Athena, she made it a priority to bring Athena to C-STARS. Until Athena, Johnson said, she never came across a simulator with both anatomically correct female proportions and advanced ventilation functionalities. “The important thing to remember here is the fact that implementing Athena into our program has increased our training capabilities,” Johnson said. “She allows us to present a more hybrid and complete approach to trauma simulation whether our students are first-time deployers or have deployed several times.”
  • Lima Memorial Unveils New Simulator Lab From Lima Ohio News – Lima Memorial staff, Kim LaPoint, center, Janet Bible and Carrie Klosterman, far right, perform life-saving procedures on a high-tech Sim Man 3-G mannequin during a demonstration in the new Innovative Simulation Laboratory at Lima Memorial Health System on Tuesday afternoon. LIMA — Many times, emergency medical care comes down to split-second decisions. Training medical personnel, emergency medical technicians and other first responders in administering that care can often be something of an inexact science, however, with teachers watching trainees work on mannequins and making evaluations based on their observations. After a $100,000 donation from PotashCorp last fall, Lima Memorial Health System has created its own simulation and education laboratory, providing advanced training for both its own health care providers and first responders and health care students in the community.
  • BTC hires new simulation lab assistant From Bolivarmo News – Due to the expansion of the use of its lab facilities, Bolivar Technical College has hired a new simulation lab assistant. Courtney Gott, a current RN program student at BTC, will work in the setup, tear down, repurposing of materials and general maintenance of the simulation and skills labs. According to Simulation and Skills Center coordinator, Lisa Beals, MSN, RN, the labs are in use five days per week now due to an increase in use by students in various medical programs, including the college’s RN, LPN, RN Bridge and Medical Assistant program. “Having to add on personnel in the lab is a great problem to have,” said Beals. “Courtney is going to be a welcome addition to the lab as its use begins to expand.” Gott, a resident of Willard, works as a surgical technician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield in Labor and Delivery. She is expected to graduate from BTC as a registered nurse next year. Although Gott has a wide range of experience in the medical field, she is ready to learn during this opportunity, as well as her current program.

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